Learning ways to reduce stimulation levels in our life is essential for keeping calm, and especially so for highly sensitive people. A common solution for this among HSPs tend to be restricting the amount of news that we are exposed to. I would like to share with you an excellent article from the Guardian website with a compelling argument for reducing your news intake for a happier life. This is especially relevant for those with a more sensitive nervous system, who can have stronger emotional reaction to things.
It is important to say that we do not suggest to stay completely ignorant on what is happening in the world. Rather, you may try to focus on the big picture (ie. big issues) and issues that matter to you personally. It is ever so easy to get lost in lots of irrelevant news that are designed to stir your emotions (especially anxiety and aggression) and not to educate you about meaningful issues. This will not just bring unnecessary emotional strain in your life but also takes a long time to process mentally. This can even disrupt your sleep, when your brain is finding is struggling to sort through all that you have seen and heard during the day.
If you feel that going on a “news-diet” can be beneficial for you, read this article to for encoragement and to dispel any worries about missing out: https://www.theguardian.com/media/2013/apr/12/news-is-bad-rolf-dobelli